Lives of Britain's royal family have long fascinated the general public.
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits, the new exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery does nothing to abate that.
Bendigo Art Gallery's acting director Gaye Harrington said she believes the exhibition will continue to pique the public's interest in the royals.
"Through generations the fascination has always existed, whether its because people feel they look up to these people or (the royals) are living large and on the public stage," she said.
"What's lovely about this exhibition, is there are plenty of little insights into the royal family as people rather than a monarch."
More than 200 portraits of the British royal family, dating from the 16th century to present day, are included in the exhibition thanks to the National Portrait Gallery in London.
"We're anticipating people will spend a lot of time in the exhibition,' Ms Harrington said.
"Not only are there a lot of items (to see) but there is also a lot of information to take in. There are some fascinating stories here and I think people will really enjoy that."
Ms Harrington said seeing the works up close in Bendigo was surreal.
"It's extraordinary. Even some of contemporary pieces, where you have seen photos of these people so often, when get up close to (the portraits) it's another experience," she said.
"The exhibition works on two levels. One, it is the royal family but two, they are extraordinary works of art in their own right, which is just as exciting."
The Tudors to Windsors exhibition is something the Bendigo Art Gallery team has long been working toward.
"We have to give credit to Karen Quinlan who did the initial negotiations but the reputation of Bendigo is such now that exhibitions of this scale are not outside the realms of possibility," Ms Harrington said.
"If you look around its demonstrated that we can deliver but it's not one person makes exhibition happen. It is a credit to the team at our gallery that we can put an exhibition of this scale on and deliver it in grand style."
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits opens today at the Bendigo Art Gallery. It is on until July 14.
Bendigo living up to its international arts reputation
The Bendigo Art Gallery's international reputation has seen the National Portrait Gallery, London, eager to keep working with the regional gallery.
National Portrait Gallery head of of international programmes Ted McDonald-Toone said Bendigo was among Australia's top art institutions.
"Yes, Bendigo is a regional gallery but it's really in the first rank of institutions in Australia for us to work with," he said. "We know they are really good at what they do and what they bring to the city is wonderful."
Dr McDonald-Toone grew up in Melbourne and was familiar with Bendigo Art Gallery just as its reputation started to build.
"The last time I was here was in 2003 when I was doing my art history honours at Melbourne University," he said. "The gallery to me has evolved but it was an amazing gallery already."
Dr McDonald-Toone said it was rare for a regional gallery to develop an international reputation like Bendigo has.
"I think you have to have the right vision and they do have that here," he said.
"Part of that is having the community invested but you have to have a creative vision for having amazing exhibits from around the world.
"They are also doing good things with its own collection. That's what I remember from the last time I was here - the collection displays are very, very good and well curated."
With Tudors to Windsors, Bendigo had shown what is important about the National Portrait Gallery artworks.
"This gallery is a great fit for this exhibition," Dr McDonald-Toone said. "(Bendigo) has illuminated what it is important about our collection, which is its stories and people. It is an accessible way into art, design, royalty and history."
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